Awesome Halloween Decor from the Dollar Store

Awesome Halloween Decor from the Dollar Store

Halloween is fast approaching, decking out your home in ghostly glory is half the fun.  Who says you have to break your budget to have an awesome Halloween display.  With a little creativity, items you probably already have at home,  and a quick trip to the dollar store you too can have some ghoulish fun to fit any budget. Here are some awesome Halloween Decor made from dollar store finds!

Take a trip to the Dollar Store for some witches hats and other gruesome stuff for this Halloween Decor.

Floating witch’s hats, like these from brooklynlimestone.com , creepy crawly spiders, spooky skeletons, and bloody hands are no problem.  With a bit of fishing line, some tape, black paper, twigs, paint, and some imagination your “haunted” house is sure to get raves from friends and family.

 

Here’s another cheap Halloween Decor idea using dollar store spiders!

Have plastic spiders crawl on doors and walls.  To see more creepy ideas check out my blog about decorating with glow sticks.

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how to make this plastic tablecloth wreath from Mother’s Niche.

I’m sure you’ll find plastic table cloths at the dollar store to make this wreath part of your Halloween decor.  It will definitely set the mood!

 

 

 

 

Spooky door by mylitter.com 

This Halloween Decor is a bit more elaborate than a wreath, but it’s pretty awesome!

 

 

 

 

More spooky ideas from brooklynllimestone.com

 

 

 

 

All this Halloween decor can be found at the dollar store!

 

 

 

canadiannickelscrapn.blogspot.ca has some cool ideas.  Check it out!

You can make all this Halloween decor with just one trip to the dollar store!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Halloween Decorating With Glow Sticks and Other Inexpensive Stuff

Halloween Decorating With Glow Sticks and Other Inexpensive Stuff

Halloween is tomorrow!  Many yards are decked out in their spooky glory.  In my daughter’s Sierra Vista neighborhood there seems to be a competition among neighbors.  Last year we saw some very creative Halloween decor, from growling monsters lurking in the bushes to ghoulish creatures dangling from tree branches.   Awesome displays that I’m sure came with a hefty price tag.

A trip to the Halloween store showed us just how expensive some decorations can be.  Fog machines, life size monsters, animated zombies, gobo lights and stencils, and other high tech gadgets can cost well over $200 a piece.  It’s great that there are folks out there who take the time and spend money to decorate their yards for everyone to enjoy, to them I am grateful.  But what about the rest of us who don’t have the time or a big budget?  Are we doomed to a lonely pumpkin sitting on our doorstep?  I say “NO”!

Here are some cool idea that are easy to make with dollar store items and stuff you probably already have at home or can get a hold of for little cost.  You may not win the best Halloween decor contest, but your yard will look pretty awesome without breaking the bank.

HalloweenHide spooky eyes in the bushes.  Learn how to make these eyes you using glow sticks and toilet paper rolls from The Connection We Share  here.

 

 

 

HalloweenHave ghostly heads coming “thru” your front door. This is a great idea from Sherri Foxman.  Activate your glow stick and put it in the balloon.  Inflate and tie a knot.  Using a black marker draw the face.  Tape to your front door and turn off the lights.

 

 

Halloween Hang ghost from tree branches.  Same steps as ghostly heads but make sure the knot is on top of the head. Cover with cheese cloth, add a string and you’re done.  Spooky idea from Simply Creative Insanity

 

 

HalloweenGlowing hands in your pond, in the bushes, hanging from trees, or anywhere you want.  Activate glow stick, insert in a latex glove, inflate and tie knot at end of glove.  Place where you want, if you are hanging them on a tree add a string, fishing line works well, to the knot.

 

 

HalloweenGlowing monster heads found on Sassygirlz.net.  Learn how to make these using plastic disposable cups, markers, and tea lights, (you can use glow sticks instead if you prefer).

 

 

 

HalloweenHang spooky balls from trees.  Put a glow stick in a balloon, you can use any color glow stick and balloon.  Fill with water.  Put water balloon in a stocking and hang.  Instructions from Fun Holiday Crafts here.

 

 

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Line the driveway with glowing jack-o-lanterns or ghost.  You can use dollar store plastic pumpkins or make your own ghosts using empty plastic milk jugs.  Insert glow sticks and you’re done.  You can also use strings of lights or tea lights.  I prefer glow sticks, it’s easier, no need to worry about plugs or batteries.

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Dress up as a witch and stir your bubbling caldron.  You can use a witch cut out instead if you prefer.  Buy a plastic caldron from Walmart, put dry ice in it (use gloves and tongs when handling dry ice).  When you’re ready to “bubble”  fill with warm water.  You can use this idea to serve punch at a party, but DO NOT put dry ice directly      into the punch.  To learn how to use dry ice safely with drinks click here.  Add a green glow stick for an eerie glow.

http://www.savvynana.com/halloween-party-ideas/

 

Use dry ice to create spooky scenes.  To learn how to safely use dry ice and how much you need click here.

http://www.savvynana.com/halloween-party-ideas/

To learn how to make your own dry ice here’s a YouTube video.   I wouldn’t recommend you make your own, you can buy dry ice from some grocery stores and propane companies.  Find out where to buy it in your area soon, you may have to reserve dry ice, it’s in high demand during Halloween.

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Handmade Halloween Cards – Great Halloween Craft Activity

Handmade Halloween Cards – Great Halloween Craft Activity

Nothing’s more excited than receiving a greeting card in the mail, or even hand delivered for that matter.  Greeting cards are a nice way to let someone know you’re thinking about them!  Handmade cards are even better, they show how much you care!

I know many of us are too busy to send cards for every occasion, we can barely get Christmas cards out!  Instead we resort to emailing or texting holiday greetings to friends and family.  I suppose it’s become the norm in this technology driven age, and it’s fine for many situations, but there are times I feel that a nice handwritten card is more appropriate, such as a Thank You card or a party invitation.

Of course I would feel this way as I’ve been on a greeting card making binge.  It’s my new passion!  It lets me get real creative and friends and family love the cards I’ve made for them!

Recently I’ve been busy in my craft room creating Handmade Halloween Cards.  Who says pretty cards are just for Christmas?  Definitely not me!

You don’t have to be very “crafty” to make Halloween Cards.  Nor must you have lots of fancy gadgets and spend lots of money making them.  All your really need is some time, card stock or construction paper, a printer, scissors, glue, and some fancy embellishments.  Embellishments can include ribbons, stickers, glitter, and beads; pretty much anything you find around the house.  So raid the kids’ craft or school boxes and start making some fun spooky Halloween cards!

Here are a few I created in my craft room using my handy dandy Cricut Explore Air and my ever growing box of goodies.  Like I said you don’t have to have all the bells and whistles to have a blast making Halloween cards.  I hope my Halloween cards will fire up your creative juices!

Halloween cardsThe Cricut Design Space and Cricut Access must have channeled my recent obsession with Subway Art.  Here’s a Halloween card made using the Halloween words design including with my Access subscription.

I cut out the words using my Cricut Explore Air (affiliate link) and pasted it on the orange background which I then mounted on my 5×7 card base.  The “boo” was also cut by the machine and pasted on with double stick foam tape to give it a little lift.  To make if fun I glued on a pair of jiggly eyes.

If you don’t have a cutting machine, no worries.  Just create your own word art on any photo app and print it out on your computer.  Cut out the size you need and glue it on your card base.  By the way you can buy blank card bases from a craft store, Walmart’s craft department, or on Amazon.  You can get a package of 25-50 cards and envelopes for under $10.

 

halloween cardsI love cards that move!  This Pop Out Swing card is fun to make.

Again I used the Cricut to make the cuts, but you don’t need a cutting machine to make it!

All you need is a ruler, scissors or craft knife, and card stock.  It’s all about the folding!

If you have a Sizzix Big Kick or other embossing machine you can use it to cut out your shapes.  If you don’t you can just use a ruler and a craft knife.

Using a glue runner instead of a liquid adhesive makes these types of cards look better.  Liquid glue gets messy and might leave clumps.

Here’s a quick tutorial by Linda Bauwin to help you get started!

 

 

halloween cardsAnother card style I love are Flip Cards.  I use my Sizzix Big Kick and a label die to make this.

To make it more interesting I pasted on a smaller card that I had embossed on the boarder using a Darice embossing folder and the Big Kick.

I think you pretty much need a Big Kick for this project.  It’s a reasonably priced gadget you can invest in if you like to make cards.

If you’re considering purchasing one check out my review here!

Here’s a video tutorial how to make this flip card by Meg Loven!

 

 

halloween cardsHere are some cards you can get real creative with.  Mixed media cards!

For these Halloween Cards I made backgounds using watercolors on watercolor paper which I then pasted on to the card bases and embellished with die cuts and washi tape.

Washi tape is fun and easy to use.  You can buy them in assorted designs from any craft store or Amazon.

They make fabulous “frames” for your cards and can be used as borders too!  You can get very creative with washi tape and best of all they come in seasonal designs for all holidays!  I love them so much I have a box full!

For more mixed media card ideas click here!

I hope these ideas have inspired you to create your own Halloween Cards.  Just remember there’s no “wrong” way to make a card, so raid the kids’ school box and get creating!

 

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“You’ve Been Booed” – Neighborhood Game – FREE PRINTABLES

“You’ve Been Booed” – Neighborhood Game – FREE PRINTABLES

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It’s Halloween time again!  Yay!  It’s my favorite holiday right after Christmas.

One of the things I love about Halloween is that I get to give treats, and not just to kids.  That’s why I love this neighborhood game I learned while visiting my daughter in Arizona a few years ago.

It’s called “You’ve Been Booed!”.   The idea is to anonymously gift 2 neighbors a basket of treats, they in turn will gift 2 others, and the game goes on.

My grandsons have a great time helping put gift baskets together and devising elaborate plans on how to drop off treats unseen.  I think it’s great fun and a good way to teach youngsters about sharing.

My daughters have already started collecting treats for their  Halloween “Booed” baskets, they can’t wait to start the game in the neighborhoods.

This game can be played around the neighborhood or even at work or in school.  We’ve designed several new versions of this game complete with instruction sheet and coordinating signs, tags, and stickers.  I’m sharing them here for you to print and use this Halloween season.  We have several versions of each sign (You’ve, I’ve, We’ve…been booed) for different circumstances.  Choose the one that best fits your game.  We designed door hangers as well if you’d prefer to give them out instead of a sign that can be taped on a door or window.  The door hangers can be hung by friends and neighbors on their front door know to indicate that they’ve already received a basket.

Just click on the links below for your FREE PRINTABLE signs.  You can print them on plain paper, cardstock, or even sticker paper.  You can even mix & match the designs!  Have fun!

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Spooky Ghosts and Pumpkin   (Instruction sheet, door signs, door hangers, & round tag or sticker)

Click here to download pdf files!

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Door Hanger!  Click here to download!

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Ghost & Spider Set.   (Instruction sheet, door signs, door hangers, & round tag or sticker)

Click here to download pdf files!

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Ghost hangers!  Click here for download!

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Friendly Ghost Set.   (Instruction sheet, door signs, door hangers, & round tag or sticker)

Click here to download pdf files!

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Friendly Halloween Trio Set.    (Instruction sheet, door signs, door hangers, & round tag or sticker)

Click here to download pdf files!

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Trio door hanger.  Click here to download!

The next 2 sets are meant to be printed and cut-out into the shapes.  I print them on cardstock then cut them along the outer edge of the pictures.

For this friendly jack’o lantern set click here!

 

Click here for this eerie tombstone set!

For more ideas and another FREE Printable 
game sheet, check out my post last Halloween! 

 

 

 

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DIY Halloween T-Shirts – Easy & Cheap

DIY Halloween T-Shirts – Easy & Cheap

It’s Fall!  That means Halloween is coming soon.  I think Halloween is my favorite holiday after Christmas.  I’ve always loved the costumes and decorations for Halloween.  It’s such a fun holiday for kids and adults.  I loved taking my kids trick or treating; these days I go with them to take the grandkids!  And when we’re not trick or treating I enjoy handing out candy from my witch’s caldron I keep on a table at the top of my driveway.  Of course we deck out the driveway with ghoulish props; we even set up a fog machine that spews fog all the way up the long driveway.  The neighborhood kids love it!

But in our family Halloween isn’t just celebrated on the last day of October.  We celebrate it all month long!  We start decorating at the end of September, play the neighborhood game “You’ve Been Booed”, make Halloween related crafts, go to a haunted house or two, throw a Halloween Party, and dress the kids in Halloween T-Shirts in the week leading up to Halloween.  Yes, it’s a month long celebration of spooky fun things!

This year I re-discovered the ease of iron-on transfers for DIY T-Shirts.  It was perfect timing.  Now that I’ve made Birthday Shirts for Jett and the twins, they have September birthdays, it’s time to turn my attention to Halloween. Since iron-on transfers are my current obsession why not combine it with my Halloween crafts.  So I’ve been busy designing and ironing on all sorts of ghouls, monsters, and Halloween stuff to just about everything I can think of.

One of my favorite projects are these Halloween T-Shirts.  They’re fun, easy, and very inexpensive to make.  Sure beats paying top dollar for Halloween T-Shirts the kids will only wear for a day or two.  In fact they’re cheap enough to make several Halloween T-Shirts for each kid, so he or she will have one to wear everyday leading up to October 31.

(This post has affiliate links to help you find the products I used.  Should you choose to make a purchase from the links, we get a small commission.  It helps keep this site going!  Thanks!)

halloween t-shirtsI’d considered making appliques tees, but decided against it.  I didn’t want to invest too much time making shirts that they’d only wear for a day or so; they’re sure to have outgrown them by the time Halloween rolls around next year.  That’s why iron-on transfer are perfect for this project!

You iron on anything you want on the t-shirts.  I made the Halloween Hello Kitty, and the witches’ feet for Harper, and the monster and jack-o-lantern for her twin brother, Sadi, and cousin Jett.

I even added their names to make their Halloween T-Shirts extra special. That’s what I love most about DIY T-Shirts, you can personalize them for free!  The letters fit on the same transfer sheet as the image, no waste!

Here’s what you’ll need to make Halloween T-Shirts for the children in your life.  They’ll love them!

Supplies:

T-shirt – They don’t have to be the best quality, remember they’ll only be used a few times.  I found the colored shirts on clearance at Walmart this summer.  They cost $2 each.  The white ones are actually Hanes undershirts, you can pick up a pack of 5 for less than $10 depending on the size.  In a pinch you can use any unprinted shirts you have at home.

Iron On Transfer Paper – There are several brands to choose from.  I use Avery Iron On Transfers; they’re available for dark and light colored material. When choosing which transfer paper to buy consider the color of the t-shirt.  For white and very light colors use the transfer sheets for light colored material; for dark colors use the dark colored transfer sheets.  Read my article on how to use iron on transfers for more details.  For my projects I used both types of transfer sheets.

Computer –  You can design your Halloween T-Shirt on the online software of the company who makes the transfer sheets or you can upload images from from phone or online photo sharing sites. Be respectful of copyrights, not all images on the internet are free.  You can find many images from sites like stockphoto.com, some are free others are not.  If you’re looking for some cool fonts check out dafont.com, they have lots of free fonts you can download and install on to your computer.

Printer – Once you’ve designed your shirt you’ll have to print it on the transfer paper.  Read my how to article for printing tips.

Scissors or craft knife

Iron – be sure it’s not on the steam setting

Hard Surface – NOT and ironing board.  I iron on my counter which I cover with a fabric remnant used only for this purpose.

Parchment Paper – most transfer paper comes with sheets of parchment paper for ironing on the transfer.  If yours doesn’t the parchment paper you have in the kitchen works just as well.

Directions:

Wash and dry t-shirt before you begin.  DO NOT use fabric softener.

Iron wrinkles out of the shirt and let cool completely before placing transfers on them.

Halloween T-shirtsDesign and print your transfer

Cut out images and letters they way you want to.  I used my Cricut Explore Air to design and cut my transfers, but if you don’t have an electric die cut machine you can use scissors or a craft knife to cut and trim your transfers.

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If you’re using dark color transfer sheets peel off the paper backing.

If you’re using light color transfer sheets DO NOT peel off  paper backing.

 

halloween t-shirtsPosition transfer on the cooled t-shirt.

For this shirt I used dark color transfer sheets so I peeled off the paper backing before I positioned it on the shirt.

It’s important the shirt is cool, otherwise the transfer will start to stick on and you won’t be able to re-position it without making a big mess!

I positioned the image and the letters on the shirt before I started ironing.

When I had everything placed the way I wanted I carefully placed a sheet of parchment paper on the entire transfer.  Be careful when you place the parchment paper on, make sure the edges of the transfer are flat on the t-shirt.  Otherwise the transfer will be wrinkled or its edges curled up after ironing.

halloween t-shirtsOnce you’ve done all that follow the manufacturer’s instructions; iron setting/temperature and time you need to press the iron on the transfer.

Be sure the iron is heated to the required temperature before you begin.

Starting on one end of the transfer press the iron firmly down on the shirt for the required time.  Do not more the iron around.  Apply as much pressure on the iron as you can to be sure that the heat goes thru the transfer.

Repeat this process until you’ve ironed the entire transfer.

Let the shirt cool completely before carefully peeling off the parchment paper (dark color transfers) or the paper backing (light color transfers).

If the transfer edges lift off the shirt replace the parchment paper or the paper backing and iron again.  NEVER place iron directly on the transfer.  You’ll  end up with a shriveled up mess.  Trust me on this!

When you’ve peeled off the parchment paper or backing you’re Halloween T-Shirt is ready to wear!

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Have fun creating Halloween T-Shirts for your friends and family this year!  They make awesome favors for your Halloween party!

I’d love to see the designs you come up with.  Please share them with us!


DIY Crochet Elephant Snuggly – FREE Pattern

DIY Crochet Elephant Snuggly – FREE Pattern

Elephant Snuggly

I have twin grandbabies, Harper and Sadi.  I made them these cute elephant snugglies.  They are very simple to make, they’re basically an over-sized granny square with a stuffed elephant head attached to the middle.  It took me just a few hours to make each one.

I used the free pattern from DenDennis Amigurumist but added my own border.   For the blue border I used a simple slip stitch/chain 1 pattern all the way around; for the pink one I used a picot type pattern to make it look lacier.

All the parts start with a “magic circle”.  Click here to learn how to make a “magic circle” from Crochet Me.

The Granny Square is made with clusters of 3 double crochet stitches with a chain 1 in between and chain 2 for the corners.  The Elephant head is an amigurumi using single crochet.  Instructions for granny square and elephant head are from DenDennis Amigurumist.  Lacy border trim is optional, instructions are at the bottom of this post.

Click here for basic instructions from DenDennis Amigurumist.

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Blue Border Trim:

The border trim is the 14th. round and is repeated all the way around the square.  Complete granny square as instructed but do not fasten off.  Instead proceed to round 14.

Round 14:  slip stitch into first sc on round 13; *chain 1, slip stitch into next sc; Repeat from * all the way around; slip stitch to first slip stitch on this round.  Fasten off.

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Pink Lacy Picot style trim:

Complete granny square as instructed but do not fasten off.  Instead proceed to round 14.

Round 14:  slip stitch into first 2 sc on round 13; *chain 3; go BACKWARD and slip stitch into first sc on round 13; go Forward skip stitch (this would be the 2nd. slip stitch made before you went backward); slip stitch into next 2 sc on round 13; Repeat from * all the way around; slip stitch to first slip stitch on this round.  Fasten off.

Elephant Snuggly
Elephant Snuggly
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